Edward Bertram Sharpe, 71, a retired Navy captain who became a planning specialist in the division of ports in the Maritime Administration, died Oct. 24 at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center following a stroke.

Capt. Sharpe lived in Silver Spring, where he was president of the East Silver Spring Citizens Association, a past member of the board of the Silver Spring Development Council and a past member of the Silver Spring Sector Plan Advisory Committee.

He was born in Toronto and reared in Fort Pierce, Fla. He got his first experience with shipping while working for the United Fruit Co. During World War II, he was commissioned in the Navy and was an assistant port director and convoy route officer in the Caribbean. In 1945, he was named port director of San Juan, P.R.

After the war, Capt. Sharpe served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Alaska and Norfolk, Va. He was released from active duty in 1956 and moved to the Washington area to join the Maritime Administration. He retired from the Naval Reserves in 1971 and from the Maritime Administration in 1973.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret D., of Silver Spring; a son, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bruce E., of Monterey, Calif., and two grandchildren.